Ed Donovan is a partner in Kirkland’s Washington, D.C., office where he focuses on intellectual property and technology-related litigation. His experience includes trials, arbitrations and preliminary injunction proceedings in federal and state courts and before the International Trade Commission.

Ed has substantial experience in patent infringement litigation in district courts across the United States. As lead counsel, he has tried patent infringement cases to verdict in bench and jury trials. Ed frequently represents clients in Section 337 proceedings, where he has successfully obtained and defeated exclusion orders. His experience spans a variety of technical subject matters including semiconductors, mobile phones, data storage, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Ed has substantial experience in legal and regulatory issues involving standards essential patents, including trying cases involving SEP and FRAND issues as both plaintiff and defendant. 

Ed has been recommended in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business every year since 2008. In the 2018 edition of Chambers USA, Ed is described as having a strong litigation practice focused on life sciences and technology patents, as well as corresponding unfair competition and antitrust matters. According to Chambers USA 2016, Ed is viewed as a "very smart and strategic" lawyer who "can really position a case well for trial." In the 2014 edition, Ed has been praised as an "outstanding lawyer" by client sources. For the past eight years, he has been listed among the leading patent litigation attorneys by Intellectual Asset Management magazine. In 2016 and 2018, he was also recommended for his International Trade Commission work. He was selected as a "Washington, D.C., Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine for 2014–2021 and was named an “IP STAR” by Managing IP magazine for 2014–2022. Ed was selected as one of "Washington, D.C.’s Best Lawyers" in the area of intellectual property by Washingtonian magazine for 2013–2014.

Ed is a former Federal Circuit clerk and is frequently involved in appeals. He has also been active in pro bono work, representing clients before administrative agencies, trial courts, and appellate courts. He is a frequent volunteer at the D.C. Legal Aid Clinic.



Recognized by Chambers USA for Intellectual Property: Litigation, 2023


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1994, New York
  • 1995, District of Columbia
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia


  • The George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D.with High Honors1993

    Order of the Coif

    The George Washington University Law Review

  • State University of New York at Stony BrookB.E., Mechanical Engineering1987